This comforting couscous salad gets its pumped up flavor from fresh mozzarella, tomato, basil, shallots and garlic. Part-skim mozzarella cheese can be substituted if desired.
2 cups diced tomato
3/4 cup (3 ounces) diced fresh mozzarella cheese
3 tablespoons minced shallots
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 1/4 cups water
1 cup uncooked couscous
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
Basil leaves (optional)
How to Make It
Combine first 7 ingredients in a large bowl; cover and marinate in refrigerator 30 minutes.
Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan; gradually stir in couscous. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork; cool. Add couscous and fresh basil to tomato mixture; toss gently. Garnish with basil leaves, if desired.